OU Housing and Food Services is committed to using local products. Local purchases account for approximately 20-25 percent of total food purchases. Some of Housing and Food Services’ local vendors include La Baguette (Norman), Prima Café (Oklahoma City), Mariposa Coffee Roasters (Norman), Ivy Acre Farms (Shawnee), Snider Farms (Hollis), Sweis Bakery (Oklahoma City), Earthgrains Bakery (Oklahoma City), and Daylight Donuts (Norman). By working with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to identify and contract with local produce growers, OU continues to expand sustainable dining options. To name a few current sustainable options, OU offers the items below at many campus restaurants:
- cage-free eggs
- organic fair-trade coffee
- locally produced cheese
- natural and locally grown produce
As a Farm-to-Fork participant, OU's use of seasonal menus and educational materials brings awareness to area farms. Even the dessert station, or Sweet Shoppe, in Couch Restaurants offers locally produced desserts for the OU community.
In addition, recent conservation initiatives at campus dining locations include:
- Compostable to-go containers across campus
- Styrofoam cups at all OU Housing and Food Services retail operations have been replaced with a coated paper cup
- Couch Restaurants has a food digester that turns food waste into grey water and prevents 100,000 pounds of discarded food from going to the landfill each year.
- The new, efficient dish machine at Couch Restaurants saves more than 700,000 gallons of water per year.